Album Review | Glitterbeat | Review by Allan Wilkinson
With guitarist Leo Abrahams leading this project, the ten highly inventive instrumental pieces are a showcase of freedom and experimentation, which traverses light and shade in ever changing mood patterns. Fusing together Abrahams’ classical background with Martin France’s jazz sensibilities, the potential for discovering alluring soundscapes is explored with startling results.
There’s a punch to France’s drum patterns, which underpin some of the more complex guitar and bass noodling, courtesy of Abrahams’ and Tim Harries respectively, notably on “Mob Kindu”. Dark and industrial in places, the sound textures work together and never stray too far from their intended path. Recorded live, with no overdubs, the highly improvised set is a bold musical journey that allows each musician, including Shahzad Ismaily on bass, Arve Henriksen on trumpet and Matana Robers on sax, the freedom to explore.
Choice Track: Jena